It’s A Miracle !


This post contains GIFs (very, very, very short movie clips) which may take a few moments to load.Β  Would you like a coffee while you wait ?


It’s a miracle …..


( Not that miracle *sigh* )

…… yes, it’s a miracle that I am publishing a post at all this week.

A couple of weeks ago I hit a brick wall. ( It’s his fault !Β  πŸ˜‰ )


I couldn’t blog, answer comments or visit your posts any sense.Β  My brain shut down.

I was going up the wall …..


……Β  for whenever I got near my laptop I just couldn’t get through that barrier.


It was almost like God said to me


Of course my cats were of no help. They always give me the finger paw !



I got really upset !


Was it the acupuncture ?Β  During the first two sessions of treatment Francesca added reflexology …..


…. which really helped.Β  The following treatments were just the needles.Β 

I had big problems travelling from my home in Spain to Gibraltar, especially the long hours and the simple things like getting coins out of my wallet to pay for the train, taxi and bus.Β  Coins went everywhere as my hands vibrated so much.

There were two long walks either end as well.Β  My balance made walking difficult while weaving around tourists in Gibraltar.


It was enough to drive a man to drink !


So, I’ve stopped all treatments and medications for my vibrating hands and wonky balance.Β  I just have to live with it.Β  I’ll miss Francesca as well.


With this post I am trying to break through the blogging wall.Β  Maybe that wall is here to stay.Β  I’ve no idea !


Hey ! Stop repairing it !


I am going to exercise more.



I must improve my diet by not eating any more rubber and leather sole ring-doughnuts. They’re a bit chewy !


Used flip-flop sole ring-doughnuts are my favouriteΒ  πŸ˜‰


Yesterday I stumbled across this YouTube video and it all made sense.


That’s why I make fun of adversity, …..


….. try to be kind, ….


…… hopefully be helpful, …..


…… have a go at uplifting others …..


….. and, sadly, I have to be alone *sigh*


Are you an old soul ?

OR are you a Dover Sole ?


I thought there was something fishy about youΒ  πŸ˜‰



Ralph xox ❀


The above are images from a Google search and are not mine, thank heavens.

139 Comments on “It’s A Miracle !

  1. Glad you’re back! I think you do an amazing job of uplifting others, although you might want to put me down, you’ll put your back out!
    A fine post my good friend and the gif’s and video’s were well worth the extra nano second wait. I’ll have my coffee now thanks, and those doughnuts if you’re not going to eat them πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Juls πŸ˜€ Thank you. lol. You uplift me with your wit my friend. Of course you may have the doughnuts. Ralph xox ❀


      • Do you see how I cleverly distracted you with my comment, I was nipping into the kitchen and had them eaten before you typed of course.
        I think I’m on a seafood diet, when I see food I eat it and I am soon going to be the size of a whale lol

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  2. Sorry treatment was a bust.
    I thought everyone was from Venus or Mars?…IDK. I think old soul, but one from Earth. Maybe an earthworm. 8)

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    • Yay ! I still have you. You could never make me feel worse Beth. Ralph xox ❀


  3. Loved the post pics and videos. I hope you feel better soon.
    I love blogging, but I too have struggled recently. When you’re not feeling 100%, things tend to become a chore and not something enjoyable.
    Be kind to yourself. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you so much Angela on both accounts.
      I agree. I hope you are finding blogging easier today. Ralph xox ❀


  4. I might be flat chested, but I’m no sole Dover.
    There there! That’s flats, then.
    You know what? Don’t worry about posting.
    Do what I do, & just post when you feel like it.
    Also, blog when you are so inclined. This is not a job.
    This is fun! Resa xoxo ❀

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    • I am so sorry that I am so long in replying dear friend. It would be quicker if you went on an archaeological dig and found my response on a papyrus πŸ˜‰
      I am always Bowl-Dover with your comments Resa. You’re not flat chested from what I’ve seen on your blog. Yay !
      I agree this should be fun and it is when I reply to your comments.
      Big hug. Ralph xoxox ❀ #<


  5. Heck Ralph this is one of your best posts ever. I absolutely loved all the stills and the animation and the captions. The cats are hilarious.

    On a serious note. Maybe you should go back to the reflexology if it seemed to help. I am so sorry that all those train trips did not pay off. Is there no one any nearer that can do the reflex thingy?

    Don’t feel that you must post every week or every month or whatever. I haven’t put out a post since July but I’ve been very busy with sick cats and spending lots of money getting them to a specialty hospital for a proper diagnosis. I have been more than depressed about the prognosis and the money.

    Anyhow, change your diet and eat as healthy as possible. Lots of fruit, vegetable and no cigs or alcohol. C

    Can you make the changes? I think that you can if the motivation to be better is strong.

    Yvonne xox

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    • Woah ! What a mega-long comment Yvonne ! Thank you so much.
      I am so pleased that you enjoyed this post. I know you love pets and there are loads here. I loved the cat climbing the wall !
      As I am living in the mountains of southern Spain wherever I go for treatment will be a long haul to get there. I have friends asking around to see if anyone does reflexology inc. Wendy (comment below) who lives a few miles away down the rail track.
      Looking after animals is expensive. My friends, up the hill, look after stray cats and taken them in. I think they have a dozen now. I try to help them now and again with the odd 50 euros.
      Thanks for your advice. Ralph xox ❀

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  6. That Other Yvonne suggests NO alcohol! She’s evil. You’d never hear me say that, Ralphie! But, on the other hand, she’s got a point about the reflexology. (I’ve got a point too, but as long as I wear a hat, no one notices.)

    So, we’ll see you when we see you, then. Hugs from me, little gentle scratches from Minx. xxxooo ❀

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    • No alcohol ? I think your avatar picture proves your point my friend πŸ˜€ I don’t drink alone at home as that would be a downward path. I found reflexology helped…..or maybe it was just the female touch πŸ˜‰
      Hugs back to you Yvonne and S&S send lots of purrs to Minx. Ralph xox ❀


  7. I thought you said, “coffee.” Then an emergency notification appeared. That’s not coffee, Ralph. (Hides eyes).

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    • Ooops ! It’s definitely not coffee Cookie ! Got to keep you on your toes ….. if you are a ballet dancer that is ? Have a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox ❀
      PS You may open your eyes now πŸ˜€

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  8. I was thinking about you Ralph, as we haven’t heard form you for a while and hoped you are ok. Did the Acupuncture treatment finish or did you stop it? Well I think exercise is a good thing which will certainly help so will healthy diet and no smoking. So go for it! Why don’t you indulge in Massages or meditations. Wishing you a great week Ralph, hugs!

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    • Thanks for thinking about me Ute. Yes, I did stop going to Gibraltar for two main reasons. Firstly, expense. When I was going once a week it was costing me €500pm, added to what I was paying Toni for her work it was too much per month. Secondly, the hours of travelling was detrimental to her treatment. Even going once a fortnight didn’t help, so I called it a a day. Like you, she was easy to talk to which I miss. There is nothing around here, ie. massage etc. so I’ll live with my condition. As Beth said (above) I’ve got you guys/gals πŸ˜€
      I’m finding it difficult to even look at my laptop, so I am answering these lovely comments when I feel up to it.
      Hey ! It’s nearly Friday πŸ˜€ Hugs back my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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      • I understand your reasons, shame there is nothing closer to you! You can continue with Tai chi though or gentle yoga with might be good. Have a good Friday and take it easy! Ralph!

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      • Sorry I am so long in replying Ute. I’m finding it difficult to face blogging at the moment. Thanks for your advice my friend πŸ˜€

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  9. I’ve been getting worried about you as haven’t heard from you for a while. Sorry to hear the treatment has not gone well and that you are having such a tough time. With all that going on you’ve prepared this great post for us all, a delight and joy. Where did you get all the videos from ?!! This makes my day and I’ve already looked at it numerous times and look forward to sharing with the family later. Take care, warm wishes, Annika

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    • Heck ! A week has gone by ! I am sorry I’ve been so long in replying Annika (I’m a slow typist ! πŸ˜‰ ) plus not feeling too good. Your comment is fabulous. Thank you so much and thanks for caring. Ralph xox ❀

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  11. I think you are definitely an old soul; you forgave me for disappearing and you do have talent… =)

    Cats killing me this morning, hysterical ! =) Feel better soon, and know that this is only temporary, and you have the strength and willpower to do anything it takes to maintain better health… =) I believe in you. =)

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  12. Sorry for your computer trouble, Ralph – but this post has me rolling on the floor!! Now – can you help me up?

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  13. Quite an uplifting post. Loved all the gifs especially the breaking through the blogging wall and repairing one. My girl went all awe at the cat gifs.

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  14. My dear Ralph, you are definitely an old soul and I am surprised you didn’t know that already! Not only because you are a true fighter, witty and spirited, kind friend, but because you care for others and always help.
    I am sure you won’t give up, that’s not what fighters do. The only thing you’ll have to give up is junk food dear! All these alternative therapies work only when combined with a healthy diet, please remember that πŸ˜‰
    I myself have an appointment with an holistic doctor Thursday and I expect that he will focus on the intestines and tell me to stop eating gluten, sugar and salt. And as much as I hate it, I’ll have to say NO to my mother’s in law pies, pizza and pasta πŸ˜€
    Love and hugs always***

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    • Hello dear Pelly. I have finally managed to get back and do some blogging today. I’ll concentrate on you as I have some comments to answer and I see I have a few new posts of yours to visit.
      Ha ! I’m a sucker for junk food, but luckily there is not a lot around here and I’m fed Spanish food which should be okay.
      I hope your visit to the doctor went well. Shame about you having to say no to your M-I-L’s food.
      Have a lovely week dear friend. Ralph xox ❀

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  15. I visited your part of the world during my student days in Germany. I have heard that giving up smoking is probably more difficult that giving up alcohol. I wish you success in both endeavors. Feel better!

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    • I do hope that you manage to visit southern Spain again Mary.
      Ha ! Giving up smoking will be difficult. Drinking, I don’t drink at all at home.
      Thank you for your kind words. Ralph xox ❀

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  16. Hey Ralph, your posts are very clever and entertaining. So take the pressure off, blog when you feel like it. I feel like we are old friends already.

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    • Hi Leslie πŸ˜€ Thank you so much. I have to take a break from blogging as I just couldn’t do it, but I am back in the swing of it today. Have a great weekend my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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  17. Hi Ralph! I will ask my yoga teacher /who knows lots of things) if there is a reflexologist or acupuncturist nearer to where you are…you never know. Good to see you back on the blog.
    ps…I think I know how old I am πŸ™‚

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    • You’re a good soul Wendy. Thanks for asking your yoga teacher for me. Ralph xox ❀


    • lol. I may take up your advice my friend. Wow, I am way behind visiting your two new posts. Maybe later. Ralph xox ❀


      • Don’t worry my friend. I was wondering though that you hadn’t blogged this week and all. Just about to contact you here and ask if you were ok xxxxxx

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  18. Hey there stranger! Glad to see you on here and thank you for the updates ❀

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  19. Great post Ralph. I love the GIFs.
    Sorry to hear about your problems. Maybe try a pastime that builds coordination, like learning to play a musical instrument?
    Looking forward to your next post.

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    • Thanks for your great comment Michael. It may be a couple of weeks before my next post. Ralph πŸ˜€
      (Still no links to your blog 😦 ).


  20. Don’t ever say it isn’t having a lot of money – just think if Donald Trunp haven’t had any money so he couldn’t afford buying that wonderful hair… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  21. By the way – speaking of breakibg walls, I was at two Pink Floyd concerts in the early 80s – breaking a wall will include a little Cessena airplane – or an other elder airplane… πŸ˜€

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  22. I’m glad you managed to find your way back to your blog, Ralph. You’ve obviously been going through a rough time, and I can undertsand why you’ve stopped the journeys to Gibraltar. But you’re a fighter, and I know you’ll do all you can to get back to being your old self. I think your blog means a lot to you, and you wouldn’t be happy giving it up, right now. You could always lengthen the period between your blogs for a while. You do write very full posts, which must take a long time to construct. Don’t try to ‘give up’ too many things you love in the nane of your health. That in itself will drive you up the wall. Thank you so much for explaining your situation. Take care of yourself. ❀

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      • You’re welcome. Ralph. I noticed you hadn’t posted again this week, so I hope everything is OK. You really must look after yourself. The accident must have knocked you for six. I know you have wonderful friends, so I’m glad about that. Much love… Millie. xx

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      • Thank you for letting me know. I can only imagine how you feel, and how painful things have been. I’ll look out for your next post. Take care.

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  23. I missed your humour Ralph. That sucks about the treatment not working 😦 I don’t blame you for throwing in the towel on it. We’re all still here for you, you’re not alone! I gotta tell you, this post, despite your health problems was friggin hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ❀ πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Debby πŸ˜€ Your comment has really made me smile. Thank you my friend. Ralph xox ❀


  24. Oh my God, you’re wonderful Ralph! πŸ˜€
    I’m very happy I’ve found you (I beg you pardon for my english), have a nice day and see you soon! πŸ˜‰

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  25. Oh dear Ralph.
    Somehow you always manage to create a fab post that makes me smile through & through. You’re a natural!
    As for being an old soul. I know that’s me. I’ve been told that a lot when I was younger – & it took me a while to get it. I get it.
    xx Saludos y Abrazos xx

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    • Hello dear RoSy πŸ˜€ It’s been a week since you made this lovely comment. At the moment I am playing catch up on the notifications page. Even though I am finding it hard to blog, you (and all the other commenters) deserve an answer as you have put yourself out to say a few words, you old soul πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much and have a lovely weekend. Ralph xox ❀

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      • No worries on responding. You do what you can as you can. The main thing is that you take it easy & take care of yourself. πŸ˜‰
        xx Saludos y Abrazos xx

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    • Thanks Julia πŸ˜€ I love that cat in a coat hanger picture too. Ralph xox ❀


    • Yay, a fan ! Thanks Lara πŸ˜€ Have a lovely weekend. Ralph xox ❀


  26. It’s wonderful to know you’re doing better, Ralph! We may all be old souls, but you’re also extremely kind, and helpful, and human and supportive. And your blog posts always make me smile. xox

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  27. I love your kitty-kat pictures, but cats aren’t on my Christmas card list at the moment……a neighbour’s feline keeps eating doves in our garden, and this morning I found feathers & innards all over the lawn…..I was not a happy bunny, as you can imagine. Just as well, I love all animals, otherwise i’d be stalking in the garden with a pop gun, or, maybe a water pistol. πŸ˜€ ❀

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    • Oh no ! Cats can be awful, can’t they ? My two only look at and pat geckos, but don’t seem to be bothered when I rescue the lizards. Have a lovely weekend Julie. Ralph xox ❀

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      • Thank you sweets. Talking of lizards, I was walking with my sister the other day, when we discovered a bobtail lizard trying to cross the road, nearly getting run over in the process. Guess who, picked the little fella up, and walked around the lake with him until she could find him a nice sheltered spot? I think some of my family were concerned about my mental stability​ and told me they wouldn’t have picked him up. Oh well! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  28. Hi MFR, Keep up the blogging, for sure. You still shine out there in the unshakable universe. Wish you could just shake the shakes! I am back in the blogging business so shake a leg and like me again! πŸ™‚ My blog doesn’t look right without your avitar on the side and in the comment section. πŸ™‚ Lots of love xoxoxo Marsha πŸ™‚

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    • Hello stranger ! It’s nice to see you back MVBFM. I got your email and will visit your new blog once I have finished with this. Thank you so much for your supporting words, so I’ll try to keep blogging. See what happens over the next few days. I hope the 3 of you plus Manny are fine. Hugs. Ralph xox ❀

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      • We are all fine. Manny misses you, and hopes you will come see him. He is going to meet Eternal Traveler again in January. He can’t wait, and I can’t either. I get to meet her this time! πŸ™‚

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      • I know! Isn’t that cool? I got to meet Leanne Cole, too, when she came to San Jose. Wanted her to come to HI, too, but costs are prohibitive.

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  29. Thank you for liking “Creepy Towers” and “Autumn Moon.” I sympathize with your need to take a break from blogging. Sometimes you just have to. I think most people will understand if you change your blogging schedule to something that works better for you.

    I am sorry to hear that the acupuncture treatments did not work out for you. It was worth a try since conventional methods were not effective. I hope that you will have some luck finding reflexology treatments closer to where you live.

    I have no idea if I am an old soul, but I know that I am getting old! πŸ™‚ Take care of yourself, Ralph. πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Arlene πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I hope to have a post published next Monday. See how I feel. It’s nice not to be under any pressure especially blogging. As I’ve only spent an hour or so a day on my laptop, it’s taken me 3 weeks to empty my Inbox and answer all the comments.
      I really did hope that the acupuncture would be successful, but not to be. Oh well.
      Have a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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      • You are welcome. I am glad that you are slowing down and not feeling so stressed out about blogging. I am doing the same thing, and I feel better too. πŸ™‚

        Yes, it’s too bad that the acupuncture did not work out. I hope you will eventually come across something that will help you.

        I hope you have a great week too, Ralph. Take care of yourself, my friend. πŸ™‚

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  30. Awwwe I love the dog and cat hugging! I have a question Ralph. How are people able to add photos in the comments?

    Happy Sunday!

    ❀ carmen

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  31. Hi, sitting lonely in my room at my unfriendly work, I smile reading your posts. I would loose a good occasion to smile if you stopped. Next moment the door is going to open and my carnivorous chief will bust inside and devour me. Smile – life is short πŸ™‚

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    • Oh dear ! I do hope you weren’t devoured Agata as you won’t be able to read this. Glad I can make you smile. Have a lovely Sunday. Ralph xox ❀


      • I’m not sure if I wasn’t devoured, you never know ;). But, never mind, being inside or outside, anyway I’m going to read your new post now:)

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  32. Hello Ralph, glad that you are back and love to see this post with all these crazy cats, love them ! And about all the reactions of your loyal fans (including me) you can see that we missed you πŸ™‚ !! Don’t let you down because behind every hill (sometimes also a mountain) conceals a rainbow πŸ™‚ ! Xxx

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  33. You are such a creative, lovely man! Your posts ALWAYS make me smile, and it is like catching up with an old friend. The world needs more people like you- life would be so much easier. I am sending you a huge hug, and sending love from Florida. πŸ™‚ ❀ Take care of yourself!!!

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    • So sweet ! Thank you so much for your lovely comment Mary Michelle. Hugs. Ralph xox ❀


  34. Awesome and funny as always, dear Ralph… I love your sense of humour… thanks for the giggles … Oh and I am grabbing one of those sole ring-doughnuts, if you donΒ΄t mind… It will go along well with my coffee….
    Happy weekend and best wishes. Aquileana β˜€β˜…πŸŽ‡ ~

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    • Hi Amalia πŸ˜€ You are welcome to have a doughnut my friend. Take two ! Big hug. Ralph xox ❀

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  35. Such a treat your work with the animated photos in your posts,dear friend Ralph!Btw,so many thanks for all your visits and your likes πŸ™‚

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